Tanner Gardner Claims Pac-10 Title; Five Qualify for Nationals
Feb. 26, 2007
Bakersfield, Calif. -
Five Stanford wrestlers placed at the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships today, and all five qualified for next month's NCAA Championships in Detroit. Tanner Gardner claimed his first conference title at 125 pounds, while Josh Zupancic and Zack Giesen finished second at 157 pounds and 184 pounds, respectively. Luke Feist and Brian Perry also placed and were wild card selections for the NCAA Championships.
At 125 pounds, Gardner claimed Stanford's first Pac-10 individual title since 2004, defeating Oregon State's Eric Stevenson, 4-1, in the championship bout. The title was the first of Gardner's career, and improves the junior to 38-3 on the season. He will make his third career appearance at the NCAA Championships next month.
In the 157-pound title match, Zupancic dropped a close 7-4 decision to No. 3 Brian Stith of Arizona State. In the 184-pound championship, Giesen fell in a 5-0 decision to Arizona State's Greg Gifford. Both Cardinal wrestlers finished second in the conference and qualified automatically for the nationals.
At 165 pounds, third-seeded Perry was upset by fourth-seeded Bryan Tice of Cal State Fullerton in the consolation semifinals. The Cardinal senior battled back and decisively won the fifth-place match, however, earning a 12-4 major decision over Boise State's Johnny Nunez. At the end of the tournament, Perry was voted one of nine wild card selections by conference coaches.
At 174 pounds, Luke Feist picked up a 19-7 major decision over Nick Hernandez of Cal Poly to advance to the third place match. Feist finished fourth, however, after dropping a 6-5 decision to Boise State's Nate Lee. The Cardinal sophomore also was selected as a wild card, and will compete at the NCAA Championships next month.
As a team, Stanford finished sixth in the conference, improving one place on the squad's seventh place 2006 finish. Oregon State won the conference title for the first time since 1994, finishing five points above runner-up Cal State Bakersfield.
Tanner Gardner (4-0): pinned Jaime Hernandez (CS Fullerton), 3:46; maj. dec. Cory Fish (Boise State), 15-3; dec. Marcos Orozco (UC Davis), 6-3; dec. Eric Stevenson (Oregon State), 4-1.
Cameron Teitelman (0-2): lost to Levi Jones (Boise State), 4-3; lost maj. dec. to Shawn Jones (Arizona State), 10-1.
Matt Kim (1-2): fall to Derek Moore (UC Davis), 2:28; dec. Greg Einerson (Portland State), 10-3; fall to Dave Roberts (Cal Poly), 2:25.
Tyler Parker (1-2): lost to Brandon Doyle (CS Bakersfield), 8-4; dec. Eric Maldonado (Cal Poly), 7-6; lost to Jeremy McLaughlin (Oregon), 4-3.
Josh Zupancic (2-1): maj. dec. Paul Tice (CS Fullerton), 9-1; dec. Chase Pami (Cal Poly), 4-2; lost to Brian Stith (Arizona State), 7-4.
Brian Perry (2-2): pinned Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 1:49; lost to Patrick Pitsch (Arizona State), 7-2; lost to Bryan Tice (CS Fullerton), 5-4; maj. dec. Johnny Nunez (Boise State), 12-4.
Luke Feist (2-2): dec. Ron Lee (Oregon), 9-7; lost maj. dec. to Ken Cook (UC Davis), 14-2; maj. dec. Nick Hernandez (Cal Poly), 19-7; lost to Nate Lee (Boise State), 6-5.
Zack Giesen (2-1): maj. dec. Ernesto Ancona (CS Bakersfield), 19-6; win by default Yuri Kalika (Cal Poly); lost to Greg Gifford (Arizona State), 5-0.
Jared Boyer (0-2): fall to Brandon Halsey (CS Bakersfield), 1:48; lost to John Drake (CS Fullerton), 3-2.
Phillip Doerner (1-2): fall to Ty Watterson (Oregon State), 2:18; dec. Zack Smith (Portland State), 7-2; lost maj. dec. to Chris Dearmon (Oregon), 13-3.